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rschmidt  
#1 Posted : Tuesday, July 17, 2018 11:24:20 AM(UTC)
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This big guy came out of a rock formation in the lower end of a usual stream, Hit like a freight train, but then dug without any usualy trout acrobatics. Nice fish, but not a common find in the driftless trout streams. 18.5" and I would guess 4-5#. Happy Fishing!

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#2 Posted : Tuesday, July 17, 2018 11:35:11 AM(UTC)
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That is a pretty nice smallie!
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#3 Posted : Tuesday, July 17, 2018 12:10:43 PM(UTC)
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Great fish!

That would make my day, especially on a trout stream.

Love getting nice, unexpected fish.

And smallies are the only fish I've encountered that pound for pound, outfight trout.

That battle had to be a hoot.
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#4 Posted : Tuesday, July 17, 2018 1:00:04 PM(UTC)
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What a beauty!!!!!
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#5 Posted : Tuesday, July 17, 2018 1:48:31 PM(UTC)
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Nice fish!

Many Trout streams in the DA are slowly transitioning into Smallmouth Bass water.. I've talked to several fishermen who have caught Bass (or Bluegill) recently in what used to be exclusive Trout streams in SW Wisconsin.


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OTC_MN  
#6 Posted : Tuesday, July 17, 2018 8:47:33 PM(UTC)
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I had the same experience last time out - except it was a sucker snagged in the belly.

I rather would have preferred a smallie.
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#7 Posted : Wednesday, July 18, 2018 12:21:27 PM(UTC)
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Yep, global warming is inevitable. That SMB was less than a mile from a big warm water river. I caught a 24" pike this year in another stream where they cruise through from a damned lake impoundment. Definitely a stronger hit, but I wouldn't say the fight was stronger than a similar weight brown. I will say that the browns are way more challenging to land given the usually fit they pose at the net. This bass went low and just wanted to tug a lot. He was easy to land.
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#8 Posted : Wednesday, July 18, 2018 12:41:51 PM(UTC)
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It's funny but I've found that bigger bass tend to be easier to land than medium or even small ones. Like you say, they often just want to stay low where the medium ones tug all over the place.

I had a 16 inch smallie on last year in Canada that just would not come in and my buddy was trolling away from it and I eventually had to tell him to freaking stop or I'd never get the fish to the boat.

Was using light tackle, so couldn't just reel it in.

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Also... I tend to lose more medium (15-17) browns than I do larger ones. They tend to have more spunk and are more likely to go aerial.

My percentage has actually gotten to be quite good on the big ones.

Probably the tougher mouth has something to do with it also - if you get a good set, it probably isn't coming out.
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Also... I tend to lose more medium (15-17) browns than I do larger ones. They tend to have more spunk and are more likely to go aerial.

My percentage has actually gotten to be quite good on the big ones.

Probably the tougher mouth has something to do with it also - if you get a good set, it probably isn't coming out.


Same thing is true with muskies. A 50-incher will fight like a big, fat fish. A 42-incher fights like a wild teenager. There are exceptions though. Meanest, wildest muskie I've ever handled was a 54-incher. Thing actually tried to bite me...OhMyGod

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